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Momma Always Told Me Not To Look Into The Eyes of The Sun

(all together now …)

But Momma, That’s Where The Fun Is! Or at least that’s where The Virgin Mary is.  Which I suppose, depending on your personal tastes, could be fun.

How do I know that’s where TVM is?  Our friends at God Discussion tell us so.  At least that is what they are suggesting after sharing with the world a copy of this cell phone video footage taken on April 20th of this year in Ivory Coast.

You have to love the fact that the God Discussion people did not go to the skeptical community for comments about what might be happening in this video.  In what is perhaps a transparent attempt to throw skeptics and non-believers off point (fail, by the way) they checked with, that’s right, … UFO “experts” for their opinion on the matter.

Lo and Behold, the UFO-ers are deeming this a “fake” and “definitely not a UFO.”  Here is their “expert” analysis:

“The video is ‘fake’, the ‘apparition’ a ‘hologram’, ‘lens flare’ or a ‘solar flare at 240p opn (sic) a cell phone cam’. The phenomena ‘definitely not a UFO!’  …  Based on the reaction from the crowd the event seemed to have caused some hysteria. In the video it’s obvious the people witnessed something in the sky.”

Brilliant insight, thank you UFO community. Death By 1000 Papercuts suggests:

Since most people know you’ll go blind if you look directly in the sun the footage seems to show people looking directly at the bright object in the sky.

Now I think we are getting somewhere. Bright light in the sky, what could it possibly be?

Hello, UFO-ers and other reality-challenged people ….The Sun, maybe? And for those that fumble logic and critical thinking like a handful of knives, even you can understand the concept of Occam’s Razor.  This would be a great time to use this easy-to-use tool that resides squarely in your toolkit (a.k.a. brain).  But at DBKP suggests, surely these people are not staring into the sun because, as most people know, you will go blind.  Ah, and that is where DBKP misses the point.

It is dangerous to underestimate the faithful.

Devout people have stared into the sun to the point of blinding themselves in ill-fated attempts to be holier than thou.  As the “Miracle of Fatima”, or Miracle of The Sun, teaches us, it is appropriate to gaze up at the “heavans” and into the lights that penetrate the otherwise cloudy skies.  In that light, you will see images, such as that of Jesus, of TVM, of (often-left-out-of-pareidolia-related accounts) Joseph, a bunny rabbit, a turtle, and with a little bit more effort, perhaps a unicorn.

And as Dr. Joe Nickell has REALLY (emphasis on REAL) taught us about the Miracle of The Sun event from 1917, the retina distortion from staring at such intense light will allow you to see just about anything your heart desires or your mind can conjure. A direct quote of Joe’s from his excellent article on the subject:

Most likely, there was a combination of factors, including optical effects and meteorological phenomena, such as the sun being seen through thin clouds, causing it to appear as a silver disc.

Optical effects … meteorological phenomena … where have I seen that lately?

Oh well, enough chit-chat, I have to get back to the people at God Delusion … I mean God Discussion to stare into that video some more.

But in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a memory I have from watching cartoons in my youth.  I always smiled when Charlie Brown spoke about what he saw in the clouds.  All these years later, I now know why.

Lucy: Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud’s formations. What do you think you see, Linus?

Linus: Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean. That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.

Lucy: Uh huh. That’s very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?

Charlie Brown: Well… I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I changed my mind.

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